UCLA hires former USC assistant Kennedy Polamalu

In a move that strengthens UCLA’s place atop Los Angeles, the Bruins are set to hire former USC assistant Kennedy Polamalu. Bruin Report Online first reported the news.

Polamalu replaces former UCLA running backs coach Steve Broussard, who was fired on Monday. The Bruins had landed just one running back recruit — four-star prospect Craig Lee — through their first two signing classes of the Jim Mora era.

Formerly known as Kennedy Pola, the 50-year-old is well known for his recruiting acumen. A Trojans’ fullback from 1982-1985, Polamalu became the school’s running backs/special teams coach in 2000. Over the next four seasons, he coached running backs Justin Vargas and Hershel Dennis, as well as All-American punter Tom Malone.

He also coached Reggie Bush and LenDale White when the pair combined for 1,604 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage as freshmen.

He worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ running backs coach from 2005-09 before returning to USC as an offensive coordinator.

Former Trojans coach Lane Kiffin — who retained playcalling duties — fired him in February, not long after the pair had an argument leading up to the Trojans’ participation in last year’s Sun Bowl. The move stunned many in the USC community.

Already, the hire is beginning to alter the local recruiting landscape:

An announcement could come Thursday. A UCLA spokesperson declined to comment on personnel matters that are not yet complete and official.

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  • commentar

    This…this is good…No Sark, you may not have him.

    • 92104bruinfan

      The second thing that went thru my mind after reading this announcement…preemptive strike against Sark reaching out to him.

      • Joe Blow

        Sark would have NEVER hired him.

        • fuksc

          No but he would blow him

          • Joe Blow

            Not like you have. Hiring a guy that HATES your GUTS. You guys are foolish. Hahahahahahaha

          • fuksc

            Oh c’mon, you blow guys that HATE your GUTS, doesn’t seem to bother you

          • Joe Blow

            I don’t, but your wife does. And she’s ok at it. Even my dog likes her.

        • jameskatt

          That is why Sark is a loser.

          • Joe Blow

            Yep Sark should be considered a loser. He lost to big time programs Oregon, Stanford and ASU. He only misstep was losing to that second tier ucla.

  • ProbationU

    This is fantastic news. The gift of Lane Kiffin just keeps on giving.

    • gotroy22

      Congrats, I hated it when he left SC last year.

  • Bruin 34

    Wow! This is starting to remind me of when Cheat Carroll completely took over the landscape in SoCal. Just…..wow!

  • Bruin 34

    Hopefully we get Mixon. Perhaps a top 5 recruiting class as well? My oh my! Never thought I’d see the day when UCLA was on a tidal wave bigger than anything any of us could fathom. This is going to be fun for a long time! #Bruinrevolution.

  • commentar

    I think we see just how valuable Mora is. I’d say he’s well on his way to deserving the raise. Still lots to do though. A bowl win would be a nice follow up to beating SC 2xs.

  • Moises Rosiles

    like Mora said this is an exciting time be a UCLA Bruin!!! #BruinRevolution

  • Mark

    I don’t see how this necessarily “strengthens UCLA’s place atop Los Angeles.” It may be a good hire, but that’s probably it.

    Otherwise, as a non-biased beat writer, you probably shouldn’t be using that kind of phraseology.

    • BruinInSeattle

      UCLA beat SC the last two years. Ergo, they are “atop Los Angeles” and this hire clearly strengthens that. Why the controversy? And, he’s writing for UCLA (insidesocal/ucla) why the “unbiased beat writer” nonsense?

      • facescar

        Well, for the most part Jack seems more “focused on UCLA” affairs and less “hopeless UCLA homer”

        So far he’s given pretty good, objective commentary imo.

      • Mark

        This is the LA Daily news, not some fan driven site. Jack is a beat writer. He’s supposed to be objective and not care whether or not Ucla wins or if it’s “atop Los Angeles.”

        • EncinitasBruin

          You’d hate Jill Painter’s article from yesterday, then. Basically says UCLA owns Los Angeles now, etc. I see your point, but there’s a difference between sports reporting and sports analysis. Jack does both–and both are acceptable (fact vs opinion).

        • gotroy22

          You sound just like the brainless rah rahs on the SC site who don’t understand the difference between a blog and a regular Daily News article.

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          You don’t have to be a fan to acknowledge the fact that UCLA reigns now.

      • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

        That is so short sided USC could have beaten Wooden’s championship temas if he had 4 starters and no bench to actually think you are taking over is about as smart as saying Enfield is a better coach than Wooden. Ridiculous in 5 years when you still have 1/2 a nattie in football get back at us come look at all those titles at the Coliseum

        • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

          Ok I see what you are saying but try and look t this from a different perspective do you think SC fans really view this as clear cut wins? No matter the official record, if we come back with a full roster and are able to pull out W’s how do you think these wins will be viewed? Don’t get me wrong you guys are rolling over there, but there’s about as much long term for you as Andy Enfield has at SC… don’t really think too many bRUINS are worried in the basketball dept… the same way we over here aren’t too ballyhooed by what you are doing. P.S. my niece plays softball for you on scholarship so I try to be nice. Jasmine Sosa Soph C

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            It’s unwise to post personal information on the Internet, and it’s thoughtless to post someone else’s.

          • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

            Why? I’m proud of her… she’s a stud mess with her and you’ll have 1/2 of LA on anyone we run deep… from LBC to Lakewood, Downey, Moreno Valley, Redlands hundreds of us honestly WE RUN LA!

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Seriously, you’re so obtuse as to ignore common sense advice?

            Don’t be so stupid.

          • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

            What I ignore is unsolicited advice…Then it isn’t advice so much as someone sticking their nose where it isn’t wanted or asked for…Response not required nor wanted.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            You’re ignorantly and recklessly endangering a female relative, and then spurning friendly advice offered for her protection.

            Shame on you.

          • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

            STFU dude enough of your yapping!

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Two days ago and you still haven’t edited the post.

            Must be a Trojan.

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          35-14.

          • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

            I gotta a better one 50-0!!

    • Bruin 34

      Just curious. What planet are you living on?

    • commentar

      You shouldn’t be using the word phraselogy…

    • maze949

      From the idiot who still calls it the Pac-10; the fact that you incessantly whine about EVERYTHING, makes you a resident loser and hypocrite. How was the b-ball game last night, pathological liar?

  • BruinInSeattle

    Reminds me of the Ken Norton hire for SC. Always wished Dorrell had hired the man. Not right seeing a Bruin great coaching SC. Seems the tides have turned.

    • Joe Blow

      Norton was horrible for SC. Get some clothes on.

      • BruinInSeattle

        so horrible Carrol took him to Seattle with him?

        • Joe Blow

          Got him cheap. LB

          • BruinInSeattle

            riiiiiiiiiiiiiight…because money is tight when you are the head coach of a professional football team? your answers get worse and worse. do you seriously not have anything better to do with your life?

          • Joe Blow

            Am I wrong on the LBs? No. The only thing better is doing your wife in the Space Needle.

          • BruinInSeattle

            if by wife you mean your daughter, than I guess I agree with you. Also, nothing cheaper than her.

          • Joe Blow

            Oh, there is. And it’s your wife and granddaughter. She’s gives it good.

          • ProbationU

            She probably laughed at your Space Needle-d!ck.

          • Joe Blow

            Yep, but not until I stuck it up the back door, which was FUN.

          • ProbationU

            You ought to get yourself an enema….but then there would be nothing left of you.

          • Joe Blow

            Last time I got one, your wife sucked down all of it. Heard you were upset you couldn’t get some.

          • ProbationU

            My wife died…so I only have yours now. She’s still amazingly tight…hasn’t been stretched out at all.

          • Joe Blow

            That’s ok. I still do your wife’s ashes.

          • ProbationU

            You just blow them!

          • Joe Blow

            Better than your daughter blowing the whole ucla teaml

          • ProbationU

            All of my daughters could kick your sorry, old, wrinkled, Trojan a$$.

          • Joe Blow

            Right after they blow me

          • ProbationU

            Good luck with that….there won’t be much left of you…not that there is much now. Maybe you should just run down the street to your neighbor Pete and blow him…you love him so much.

          • ProbationU

            Got a feeling that any action you get you have to rent….or you are a do-it-yourself kind of guy

          • jameskatt

            Why ask for it when there’s nothing to blow.

          • Idaho

            I think she called you “space needle”

          • Joe Blow

            She called you pen d i c k

          • jameskatt

            Nestor, i didn’t know you’re from Alabama.

          • gotroy22

            Why didn’t Pete take Ed with him? Would he hire him after this season?

          • Joe Blow

            Right. Didn’t want a big baby around.

          • ThaiMex

            Nubsie….Now you’re really starting to shine!
            fit UN!

  • EncinitasBruin

    Whatever SC has thrown at Mora, he has been 1-2 steps ahead. First time in 15 years that a UCLA coach has beaten SC two years in a row… Beats SC in recruiting two of the past three years… and now Pola? This is awesome… remember the bruhaha between Pola and LK before the Sun Bowl? Rumor has it that LK didn’t get that black eye by slipping in the shower. Unlike LK, Mora is secure enough to hire guys who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.
    #BruinRevolution.

    • Arturo

      You do have some momentum but please a more objective POV – especially when it comes to the recruiting comparisons. SC’s sanctions have really hampered their quantity and, to some degree, and their quality. It will be interesting to see how everyone reacts when Pola starts comparing current bruin players to former Trojans.

      • Joe Blow

        Arturo, you’re too rational for these dolts.

        • anno nimus

          Joe, Blow me.

          • Joe Blow

            You have to have something to blow first.

      • ProbationU

        We aren’t playing against former Trojans. We are competing with SC for future players. SC’s former players got you on probation.

      • EncinitasBruin

        The better recruiting classes were a fact, not a subjective opinion, sanctions or no sanctions. Pola will be invoking the names of SC players as often as Ken Norton Jr invoked the names of UCLA players. Never.

        • Cheap seats

          You really can’t judge a recruiting class one year after. While SC’s class was few last year, keep in mind it included #1 QB in the nation Max Browne who redshirted, Sua Cravens who had a good year at safety, and Kenny Bigelow who also redshirted.

          While I know you guys ended up with some immediate impact guys in Jack and Vanderdoes, if Browne ends up living up to the hype it will be tough to argue against our 2012 class.

          To date, yes — UCLA’s class last year appears to be better. But it can change in a few seasons.

          • EncinitasBruin

            True. And of course the sanctions have helped UCLA…. However, keep in mind that the Bruins have competed pretty closely with SC’s classes the past five years (the one thing Neuheisel actually COULD do–recruit). Browne is the X Factor right now for SC… We have Asiantii Woulard who has redshirted–he won the Elite 11 competition in summer ’12–beating Max Browne. Should be fun to watch that matchup in the years to come.

          • Cheap seats

            Yes — hopefully. And there’s also a scenario where neither see the field. Kind of scary the way some things pan out.

            On an unrelated subject, I saw former Bruin (and Troy High School) star Derrick Coleman caught a TD last game with the Seahawks.

            He graduated Troy with a friend of mine and is a really nice guy. I never knew about his disability back then and just thought he spoke weird.

            When he went undrafted, I was worried his NFL career was over.

          • gotroy22

            Could Browne transfer if he doesn’t get the starting nod in the Spring?

          • Cheap seats

            He probably should. If you’re one of the top QBs coming out of high school, don’t you think you should give yourself the best chance to turn pro?

            Russell Wilson’s transfer worked out for the best in his situation. Only in rare cases do people give someone like Matt Cassell a chance.

          • EncinitasBruin

            Lots of respect for Derrick, and how he’s battled for PT under Carroll, who seems to really respect the kid. Amazing to think what he’s overcome as a deaf person–to play in the NFL!

          • gotroy22

            Is Browne mobile enough to fit into Sarkiffian’s hurry up offense and beat out the other two junior quarterbacks? Cody Kessler seems to be a good fit for that running quarterback offense Sark ran up in Seattle.

          • Cheap seats

            From what I’ve seen of both of them in practice, Browne is actually the most mobile of the the 3.

            However, he might also be the most fragile. Although he’s listed at 210, he looks more like 180. He’d need to bulk up to at least a true 205.

            Btw – the spread / hurry up doesn’t always mean you need a running QB. You can still “spread” the formation with a jet sweep/swing like Mazzone and Baylor does often at the snap as opposed to the option read.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            In this context, isn’t the comparison of recruiting classes being made at the the signing deadline and not how the players perform one, two, or five years down the line?

          • Chuck Dart Sr.

            If we have to judge U$C’s quarterbacks and we all know they were tops coming out of HS it’s what they do in the pros and those Pete Carroll era just fizzed out. Hype vs. results is not SC’s as far as QB’s. UCLA even took Vanderdoes and others from SC. “Appears” does not even scratch the surface of talent UCLA has.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            What they do in college matters too.

      • maze949

        You’re the $C homer (who actually went to CS Northridge) huh? Why would a UCLA fan need a more “objective POV”? Ask “TrojanFan” and “TrojanFamily” what they call Latinos. And good luck with Sarkiffin!

      • gotroy22

        We had decent classes until last year when the class blew up the last week.

  • Joe Blow

    You can have him. Shows how dumb Mora is. KP thinks ucla is the scum of the earth. Just shows he’s in it for the money. Hahahahahaha Suckers!

    • NonAlumBruin

      Well we got 18 comments before you added your comedy routine. Fix your avatar.

      • Joe Blow

        Let’s talk AFTER signing period is over.

        • NonAlumBruin

          Will you be even funnier?

          • Joe Blow

            No, but you foolish bruins have to come to reality. You’ve done nothing yet, except hang your hat on beating a so so SC team. Name one other signature win? You can’t.

          • NonAlumBruin

            I won’t talk to you again until you turn around and face me.

          • Joe Blow

            Same thing your wife says to you. Hmmmmmm.

          • EncinitasBruin

            #16 Nebraska 36-30 (’12)
            #22 Arizona 66-10 (’12)
            #18 USC 38-28 (’12)
            #23 Nebraska 41-21
            #23 USC 35-14

          • Joe Blow

            So which one is a signature win to get ucla in the national conversation? NONE OF THE ABOVE.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            And one missed field goal from overtime in the PAC-12 Championship against a great Stanford team.

          • EncinitasBruin

            It’s what Blow said last year–until UCLA kicked SC’s a$$ in recruiting. It actually silenced him for about a week. But alas, he returned–like a bad rash.

        • ThaiMex

          You’ve had 5 years of top ten recruiting classes…..What’s it gotten U Stupid Clowns? (clue…a bunch of under achieving special admits with those dreaded Character Issues)
          fit UN!

          • Joe Blow

            What’s it gotten YOU?

    • fuksc

      Speaking of scum, how is your little sister?

      • Joe Blow

        Don’t have one, but my dog says your mommy is the best in bed.

        • jameskatt

          You have a son?

    • gotroy22

      Yet he coached for the ruins 20 years ago.

      • Joe Blow

        All about the money.

  • Joe Blow

    Looks like T Martin is MUCH SMARTER than Pola, or not desperate because he CAN get a job. Nice try going after T. All you foolish guys want are SC retreads. AND YOU GOT ONE…….kp.

    • gotroy22

      You have to question a Tennessee grad who would remain loyal to Lane Kiffin.

  • CaliGrown

    Really Joe Blow? You’re still here. Oh man now it’s getting sad, go to your blog and talk about beloved Sark and never come back please’

    Any way, solid hire for the Bruins, I’m excited for the recruiting!

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    Hi

    • EncinitasBruin

      This has gone past crotch kicking. Some surgery has been performed!

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        full castration???
        OMG, you’re right!!
        my Predicton for trOXans: Paaaaaaaain!!!

  • jameskatt

    Yee Haw! UCLA hires Kennedy Polamalu, the best running back coach and one of the best recruiters in America. Looks like UCLA’s offense is going to bulk up. I want to see smashmouth football from UCLA. Kennedy has a great eye for talent.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Comeon… let’s see Pola get is Mix-on.

      • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

        Sweet pun.

        • EncinitasBruin

          You got it! (Thanks :)

  • Cheap seats

    Interesting that USC’s running game seemed to get better after Pola left, but I have a feeling much of that has to do with Coach O’s emphasis on the guys up front and Barkley’s departure.

    A guy like Pola is definitely needed in the So. Cal area because he should be able to recruit the Islanders in the area. I’ve met him before and I’m glad he’s able to stay in the LA area.

  • Sam C

    Good hire i hope but man, this conversation sure took a turn for the worse.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Jack: Latest news on Adrian Klemm, please…

  • Harley Stark

    Great hire, we need a lot of help at the running back position and this hire should help us a lot.